What is your least favorite automotive brand?

Posted in Acura, FAIL, Honda by MrAngry | December 27th, 2010 | 8 Responses |

2009 Acura RL

When families gather for the holidays many things tend to get discussed around the dinner table. Topics of conversation cover everything from politics to how long we should cook the pasta. As we talked a family member inevitably brought up automobiles and we began to discuss brands we liked and brands we disliked. We hit on just about everything until someone posted the question of which brand was the most boring and or had the least amount of personality. As I thought about this I realized that it was actually a pretty good question. You see right now automobiles are so good that it’s really tough to purchase a bad car. Sure, some may have more gadgets and gizmos than others, but for the most part cars today are more reliable and better built than any other time in history.
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Acura Prices TSX Sport Wagon

Posted in Acura, Car Buying, Commuter Cars, Favorite Cars, Honda, New Cars by Kurt Ernst | December 8th, 2010 | 3 Responses |

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon

We here at RideLust have a bizarre attraction to wagons. Mike has one as a daily driver, and although I’m in between wagons right now, I’ve owned more than my share. They’re comfortable, give you plenty of room for car guy stuff (try fitting four mounted wheels and tires in a Mustang) and they fly under the radar, both literally and figuratively. I don’t have hard data to back up this assumption, but I’m thinking that wagon drivers get popped for speeding a whole lot less than sport sedan drivers. Even if a wagon is fast (like Mike’s Magnum SRT-8 or the Audi S4 Avant), cops just don’t give them a second glance.

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Acura Rolls The Dice On A TSX Wagon

Posted in Acura, Car Buying, Favorite Cars, Honda, Luxury Cars, New Cars by Kurt Ernst | November 8th, 2010 | 4 Responses |

2011 Acura TSX Wagon

American consumers, we’re told, don’t like station wagons. Automotive journalists, on the other hand, love them. Why? Because they can have the entertainment value of a sedan (or in the case of Mike’s Magnum SRT-8, a very fast sedan) combined with the hauling capability of a crossover or SUV. Sadly, most manufacturers have given up on wagons in favor of unibody SUVs, because that’s what market research tells them customers will buy.

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Acura Introduces the 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon.

Posted in Acura, Audi, Cadillac, New Cars, Newsworthy by MrAngry | October 29th, 2010 | 5 Responses |

Maybe it’s because I grew up in a time before SUVs, or maybe it’s because we always had one in the driveway, either way though it doesn’t matter because I LOVE station wagons. To me they really are the perfect vehicle, as they combine everything you need from a big SUV with the sporty performance of a nice 4-door sedan. Up until the mid-1980’s there really were no SUV’s on the road, just station wagons. Then in 1984 the SUV showed up and dominated the market for about 20 years, crossovers are out there as well, but I don’t much care for those. The above video gives us our first look at the new 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon and I must say that from a wagon guys point of view, I really like it. The wagon will start life with the base 201 hp inline-4 from the base Acura TSX sedan, but will hopefully then graduate to the 280 hp V6. Keep in mind that with wagon offerings from Cadillac in the form of the base CTS Sports Wagon and Audi’s A4 and A6 Avant’s, that Acura is going to have their work cut out for them to gain a foothold in this segment of the market.


Honda Recalls 470k Vehicles For Same Brake Problems As Toyota

Posted in Acura, auto industry, Honda, Newsworthy, Recalls, Safety by Kurt Ernst | October 23rd, 2010 | 3 Responses |

2006 Honda Odyssey EX

We told you about Toyota’s latest recall, for braking system issues, on Friday. Honda, it appears, uses the same supplier for the brake master cylinder, which subjects them to the same seal failure issue if the wrong brake fluid is used. Owners of 2005 – 2007 Acura RL and 2005 – 2007 Honda Odyssey models will receive a notification from the manufacturer shortly, although a timeline for the recall has not been announced.

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America’s Most Ticketed, Again

Posted in Acura, auto industry, Car Buying, Cars, Hummer, Legal, Mercedes Benz, Pontiac, Scion, Toyota, Volkswagen by Kurt Ernst | October 19th, 2010 | 5 Responses |

Just a few weeks back we gave you a report on the most ticketed vehicles in America, based on data from ISO Quality Planning. Now, The Truth About Cars gives us a new list, this time from QPC, a division of Verisk Analytics. There are a lot of similarities between the lists, but the QPC data does include a few vehicles that the ISO Quality Planning list omitted. Do you drive a “spirited vehicle” (QPC’s term for a high risk car)? Read on to find out:

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The Most Stolen Cars In America, 2009

Posted in Acura, auto industry, Cars, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, General, Honda, Police, Safety, Toyota by Kurt Ernst | September 24th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

The 1994 Honda Accord, the most stolen car in America.

Just last week we told you that car theft in America is declining. The bad news, though, is that recovery of stolen cars is also declining, so unless you’ve got a tracking system installed chances are better than 50/50 that you won’t be getting your ride back. Don’t think you’re safe if you your car isn’t new, because the most stolen car in America last year was a 15 year old Honda Accord.

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2010 Acura TL SH-AWD Tech Package: RideLust Review

Posted in Acura, Car Buying, Car Reviews, Cars, General, Import Review, Luxury Cars, New Cars, RideLust Review by Kurt Ernst | September 12th, 2010 | 4 Responses |

2010 Acura TL SH-AWD

Thumbs Up: Impeccable build quality and all weather capability

Thumbs Down: Tires and transmission take away from car’s sporting potential

Buy This Car If: You want an utterly reliable and relatively amusing AWD sedan

The Acura TL has been one of those “cars I nearly purchased” since the third generation redesign for the 2004 model year. I drove it as soon as it hit dealer lots in 2003, but the 258 horsepower was simply too much for the front wheels to handle. It’s not that the car had problems with torque steer, it’s just that you couldn’t get on the gas with enthusiasm mid-corner, unless you liked lots of push. I bought a BMW 3 series instead. Fast forward a few years later, when reliability concerns forced me to sell the BMW just as the warranty ran out. I convinced myself that my next car would be an Acura TL; I drove it once again, but just couldn’t warm to the handling. I bought the smaller, more nimble TSX instead.

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Acura NSX Tribute Video Is Pure Car Porn

Posted in Acura, Classic, Collector Cars, Corner Carvers, Favorite Cars, General, Honda, Used Cars by Kurt Ernst | July 21st, 2010 | 2 Responses |

If ever there was a sports car that died before its time, it was the Acura NSX. A mid-engine, rear drive coupe built by Honda from 1990 until 2005, the NSX was perhaps the perfect balance of power and handling. Abandoning the conventional “no replacement for displacement” line of though, Honda opted to use a normally aspirated V6 in the NSX, and the motor never made more than 290 horsepower in stock form. Thanks to an aluminum monocoque and suspension it was a relatively light car, weighing in at less than 3000 pounds for most of its production run. Despite it’s modest power, the NSX was still capable of zero to sixty times in the sub five second range, and a 2003 NSX-R lapped the Nürburgring in 7:56, on par with a Ferrari F360 Challenge Stradale.

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Reminder: The Rev Limiter Won’t Help When You Grab Second Instead Of Fourth

Posted in Acura, FAIL, Funny Videos, General, Honda, Racing by Kurt Ernst | July 2nd, 2010 | 4 Responses |

RSX Engine grenading from over rev – FAIL

Ever wonder what despair sounds like? If you listen carefully, you can hear it at 0:14 in this video, when the driver redlines the RSX in third gear, then does the money shift by grabbing second gear instead of fourth. Those little bits and pieces you hear falling to the ground are probably the driver’s hopes and dreams, since he’ll be spending his next few paychecks on a new K20A2 motor for his friend.

I owned a 2003 RSX Type S, so I can tell you from experience that blowing the shift from third to fourth is hard to do. The shifter has to be forced into the gate for second gear, which tells me the guy driving probably doesn’t have a lot of experience with a manual transmission. In addition to “rev limiters won’t prevent a mechanical over-rev”, I think we’ve also learned that “street racing is bad, especially when you’re not real good at rowing a manual transmission”.